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Deadly crash caused by drunk, wrong-way driver in Anne Arundel County

Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 13:09:06-04

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — A man was killed when the car he was riding in was struck head-on by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on Maryland Route 195, Maryland State Police said.

Troopers from the Glen Burnie Barrack responded to a multi-vehicle crash at 1:30 a.m. Friday on westbound MD 195 Metropolitan Boulevard on the Patapsco River Bridge in Anne Arundel County, police said.

Police said a 34-year-old Jessup man, Brandon Hinkley, was driving a Toyota Rav 4 eastbound, against traffic, on the state highway’s westbound lanes as two other cars approached – a Mazda CX-5 driven by a 21-year-old Rockville man with two passengers, and a Nissan Quest driven by a 46-year-old man from Woodbridge, Va. who was also traveling with a male passenger.

The Mazda was able to swerve and avoid Hinkley, who then struck the Nissan head-on. Hinkley then careened into the driver’s side rear door of the Mazda.

The Nissan’s passenger was declared dead at the scene by Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel, police said. His identity is being withheld until family is notified. The Hinkley and the Nissan’s driver were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. The driver of the Mazda and his two passengers were treated at the scene.

Maryland Police consulted with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office and will charge Hinkley with several crimes when he is released from the hospital, including: manslaughter, criminally negligent manslaughter, homicide by motor vehicle under the influence, homicide by motor vehicle under the influence per se, homicide by a motor vehicle impaired by alcohol, life threatening injury by a motor vehicle under the influence, life threatening injury by a mother vehicle under the influence per se, life threatening injury by a motor vehicle while impaired, driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol per se, driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, and driving the wrong direction on a one-way road.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash.